An Trá Bháin –– in Connemara, is widely known for its folklore and traditional song. This book and the enclosed CD, contain sixteen songs which were composed either in the area itself, or by people from the area who had emigrated.
Some of the songs are widely sung and known by the singing community, the likes of ‘Amhrán an Bháthadh’ (or ‘Amhrán na Trá Báine’ as it is more commonly known), ‘Ócam an Phríosúin’ and ‘Pluid Dhorcha Learaí’; there are others that are not as well known outside of An Trá Bháin, songs like ‘Amhrán Tarpey’ and ‘Bróga Khennedy’ are included in this list. The songs vary in tone and emotion and run the gamut from funny songs to sad songs. The collection also includes a comprehensive essay for each song as well as a foreword, which gives the historical background of the songs, and their cultural and economic context.
Sinéad Ní Ráinne
Sinéad Ní Ráinne is from An Trá Bháin. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Irish and Economics from University College Dublin in 1996. She holds a MSc degree in Applied Irish and Translation from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology as well as a MLitt degree from the Department of Irish in the National University of Ireland, Galway. Ní Ráinne is a translator by profession and she runs the language consultancy company Europus in An Cheathrú Rua, County Galway. She is married to Cathal and they live in An Trá Bháin with Ruadharc and their daughter Kate.